A 10-count superseding indictment was delivered by a federal grand jury on Wednesday 30th October 2019, charging eight individuals in connection with a fraud scheme which primarily targeting widowed women of over 65 years old.
The charges allege that in over approximately two years, the defendants have defrauded dozens of victims out of more than $6 million, which they laundered through accounts they controlled.
According to the charges levelled on them, the defendants and unnamed co-conspirators used social media and social gaming applications to target widows who are vulnerable.
Charged in the cases are; Jeffersonking Anyanwu, aged 25, Daniel Negedu, aged 21, Onoriode Kenneth Adigbolo, aged 31, Chukwudi Kingsley Kalu, aged 28, and Godsent Nwanganga, aged 24. It is so unfortunate that they are all Nigerians living in Orem.
We also have; David Maduagu, aged 27, who is also a Nigerian living in Taylorsville, Richard Ukorebi, aged 38, and Adrianna Sotelo, age 20, both of West Valley City. Ukorebi is also a Nigerian.
All defendants were herby charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of money laundering conspiracy. The maximum potential penalty for each of the first four counts by law is 20 years in prison term and a fine of $250,000 (or double the stolen amount), while the penalty for each money laundering and money laundering conspiracy count is 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 (or double the laundered amount).